Dr. Tabrina Smith is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Lake Erie College. The Canton, Ohio native received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in 2008, where she also served as an Ohio Board of Regents fellow for two years. She joined the Lake Erie College faculty soon afterward, when she saw the posting on the College’s website.
"After reading about the history of the College, this seemed like it would be a good fit for me,” she says. "I was most impressed by the low student to faculty ratio and knew I would be an asset to a mathematics department with small classroom settings.”
While at LEC, Dr. Smith has been participating in faculty research, has been published, and is also a point person for students in the math department who are looking to continue their education in the area on the graduate level. She is the perfect person to mentor students looking to go on to graduate school—when asked about how she chose her discipline, she replies briefly that "it chose [her].” Dr. Smith herself found her passion for teaching during her graduate level program.
"I taught throughout graduate school and realized that, not only did I have a knack for it, I enjoyed it as well,” she says.
Currently teaching classes in Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics, and Probability & Statistics, among others, Dr. Smith says what she enjoys the most about mathematics is that she is "able to incorporate knowledge and intuition into problem-solving.” She also truly enjoys working with the students at Lake Erie College, and says that her favorite thing is the genuine friendships faculty form with the students that last well beyond their time here at LEC.
"Every year, [Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Teacher Education] Betty [Clifford]and I have our seniors over to her house for dinner after their Senior Research Presentations. It’s a wonderful opportunity to say ‘Goodbye, for now’ and reflect on how they have matured mathematically throughout the previous four years, with lots of laughs in-between.”